Many of our clients that come into our office are worried about having to serve a jail sentence when they have been charged with a DUI. Their ultimate goal in hiring a legal professional is to ensure that they do not have to serve any jail time.
First off, just because a person has been arrested for a DUI, does not mean they have been convicted, or will be sentenced at all. An arrest simply means that an officer had probable cause to believe that the person who was arrested could have been driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is just a suspicion, or a belief so to speak. A person cannot be convicted for a DUI until they have been found guilty of a DUI.
In order for a person, to be found guilty of a DUI, they have to enter a plea of guilty. The plea must be entered voluntarily, and freely. The person may also be found guilty through trial. However, for a person to be found guilty it must be found by a Jury or a Judge that it was beyond a reasonable doubt that the person was found driving, and it was beyond a reasonable doubt that the person was intoxicated while driving.